After going to outer space in F9, where else can Dom's family go?
The long-running franchise, which left behind racing long ago, never met a ret-con it didn't like. A character died in a previous film? They still live. Two characters never mentioned another sibling? Surprise! Here he is, and he's mad. An actor who played a major character died tragically? Doesn't matter. We'll just casually mention him from time to time. And now the series is going back to its best entry (2011's Fast Five) for another revision of its own history.
Jason Momoa is clearly having a ball as Dante, the heretofore unknown son of Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), the drug kingpin Dom's crew robbed and killed in that epic heist. With a seemingly endless supply of explosives, Dante aims to put Dom through hell, ripping apart his crew and kidnapping his son. It promises to be a lot, yet still isn't the last hurrah for this gang, with another sequel planned for the future.
After franchise mainstay Justin Lin left production last year, Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) took over, and the budget ballooned along with it, to a reported $340 million. That's a lot of crashed cars and new cast members, including Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Alan Ritchson (Prime Video's Reacher) and living legend Rita Moreno. Will all that money be well-spent, or will Universal need to pump the brakes on the future of the series?
Fast X races into theaters on May 19.
About Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about.
I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague.
Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work.
In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo.
I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.